Neil Desai died suddenly and unexpectedly in his sleep on the 5th September 2008 – his 22nd birthday – while on holiday in Spain with his girlfriend.

His death caused immense shock and sadness for his family and friends. Neil died of an unidentified cardiac condition, which was eventually classified as Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (“SADS”).

Neil was an incredibly talented individual; not only was he a first class student of Law at Nottingham University, he was a world-ranked squash player and an outstanding cricketer.

To honour all that Neil achieved in his short life, his family and friends set up the Neil Desai Foundation to support the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) – a charity that raises awareness of SADS – along with other causes dear to Neil.

And, because Neil played such an active part in Surrey Squash – representing the county at both junior to senior levels – with the help from his family, Surrey Squash set up the Neil Desai Series.

The Series comprises junior starter tournaments for squash beginners all the way from under nine years old through to under-17s.

Since its inception, almost 100 Neil Desai junior tournaments have taken place, with many players who started their squash journeys through these tournaments, going on to represent the county and, even, England.

A 10th series of U9, U11, U13 & some U15 full squash ‘fun’ tournaments….

To help promote squash to younger children, particularly with the Surrey Youth Games (SYG) in mind and the younger aged children who participate in this, The Neil Desai Foundation has teamed up with Surrey Squash to fund a series of ‘fun’ U11 & U13 and some U15 full squash and U9 mini squash tournaments in the County. The idea is to introduce younger children to competitive squash and tournaments, without the added pressure of the results and ranking points! The participation and enjoyment is what it is all about!

The dates and venues are shown below. Entry forms for each event will be available to download from below. There will be a prize for the junior who enters the most events in the series and there are 9 venues to choose from across Surrey!

PHOTOGRAPHS of each event are generally share on the Surrey Squash website and social media sites. If you do not wish photos of your son/daughter to be shared on either the website or social media please let the tournament organiser know before the event. Thank you.

Please note that this series is for beginners and improving squash players and if you are copper/county level you’re too good to take part!
Check out the Squash Squared series above for something a little more challenging!

Neil Desai Mini series round 10

Date and Time Club Contact Entry Form
Saturday 16th September

1:30pm start

David Lloyd Purley Pete Smith

07944953135

[email protected]

COMPLETED
Sunday 15th October

11am start

Reigate Squash Club Clare Wright

07494461632

[email protected]

COMPLETED
Sunday 19th November Colets Health and Fitness Club Ruudi Clarke

07931125575

[email protected]

COMPLETED
Saturday 9th December

1pm start

Roehampton Squash Club Paul Lindsay

07841429910

[email protected]

COMPLETED
Sunday 21nd January St Georges Hill Miles Jenkins

07809155120

[email protected]

COMPLETED
Saturday 24th February Sutton Tennis and Squash Club Sam Hodgkins

07738266230

[email protected]

COMPLETED
Saturday 16th March

1pm start

Surbiton Health and Rackets Club Michael Hennings

07764938309

[email protected]

Entry Form – 2024 SURBITON
April TBC Oxshott Village Sports Club Entry Form – 2024 Oxshott Village
May TBC Purley Sports Club Clare Wright

07494461632

[email protected]

Entry Form – 2024 Purley Sports
June TBC Grafton Entry Form –
Saturday 13th July New Malden Sports Club Claire Baker

07711559038

[email protected]

Entry Form –